TDP having edge in 2014 polls ఏప్రిల్ 11, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, Hyderabad, Muslim, Polavaram, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
Tags: 2014 elections, NDA, UPA
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TDP-BJP has the edge, but all Telugu parties will need Delhi after polls
R Jagannathan, Firstpost, April 7, 2014
Will Andhra Pradesh play a crucial role in the next Lok Sabha, as it did in 2004 and 2009? In 2004, the Congress victory in undivided Andhra brought it to power in Delhi. In 2009, when it repeated this feat, it consolidated its power. Andhra Pradesh contributed the largest chunk to the Congress.
This time, the Congress has had to divide the state in order to win at least a few seats in Telangana, but the game is now wide open, thanks to the BJP-Telugu Desam tieup. (మరింత…)
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India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
Kranti Rai, The Daily Beast, 03.22.14
By acquiescing to the formation of a new state, Telangana, India is setting a dangerous precedent of ethnic division.
By acquiescing in the formation of a new state called Telangana, India has succumbed to the greatest political fraud in its modern history. Andhra Pradesh, stretching from central to peninsular India, is larger than New Zealand. The Telugu-speaking Indians who predominate the state, numbering roughly 80 million, are more numerous than the French or the British. (Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft, is a Telugu, as is Nina Davuluri, the reigning Miss USA.) The Telugus’ contribution to recent Indian history has been both constructive and corrosive. If the flag of independent India was the product of a Telugu patriot’s inclusive imagination, the map of contemporary India is the consequence of the Telugus’ insularity. It was the Telugus’ agitation in the 1950s for cultural and linguistic homogeneity that prompted the restructuring of Indian territory into linguistic states. Andhra Pradesh was born on November 1, 1956, as free India’s first state.
To its proponents Andhra was the meridian, after 600 years of division and dispersal, of Telugu civilization. It was the largest state in peninsular India, returned the second-largest contingent of MPs to the Indian parliament, housed the third-largest linguistic bloc in the country, and was the geographic intersection that bridged north and south. But the moment could not be sustained. Less than 60 years after its historic creation, Andhra is poised to be partitioned once again. The irony is that the Telugus, having precipitated the reorganization of India by invoking language as a legitimate instrument of political mobilization, will now become the only major linguistic minority within India to be divided by boundaries. (మరింత…)
Hung house in Telangana, no clear cut sweep by any party ఏప్రిల్ 6, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, GHMC, Hyderabad, MIM, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: 2014 elections, Telangana Assembly
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Elections 2014: Hung House likely in Telangana state
DC Correspondent, April 06, 2014
Hyderabad: TRS’ announcement on Friday about going alone in the ensuing Assembly elections in Telangana to take on the Congress and TDP-BJP combine, might lead to a hung House in the new state.
In the 119-seat Telangana Assembly, the majority mark for a party or combine to form the next government would be 60.With the TRS giving a firm “no” to an alliance with the Congress, it is now certain that there will be a triangular contest in majority of the 119 Assembly segments in Telangana.
The 2009, delimitation of Assembly constituencies across the Telangana region have ensured that the Majlis party is comfortably placed in at least nine segments regardless of its political opponents. This means there will be tough fights for the remaining 110 segments between the three principle parties. (మరింత…)
Tags: 2014 elections, K. Chandrasekhar Rao
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Telengana Rashtriya Samiti is aiming for chief minister’s post: KCR
DC Correspondent, April 05, 2014
Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who released the party election manifesto for 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on Friday, asserted that the party was eyeing the chief minister’s chair.
The TRS also announced the first list of the party’s Assembly candidates and ruled out alliances and asserted that the party will go it alone in the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Referring to Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Lakshmaiah’s maiah’s remark that the TRS had ignored an alliance with the Congress for the CM’s post, Mr Chandrasekhar Rao surprised everyone by saying that the party indeed was aiming for the chief minister’s post. (మరింత…)